Last year I whipped up a few of these little fabric chalkboards. They are quick and easy and a great gift for little friends. I think they'd also be great to hang up in the kitchen for all those 'to do's' that we forget about.
*Update!!! I forgot to mention that you can use Timtex (super stiff interfacing) instead of batting, or in combination with your batting to make the chalkboard stiffer. So sorry I didn't mention this earlier. Sweet Jessica even asked about the batting and I sent her an email telling her that some regular Warm and Natural would be fine, and completely forgot to tell her that she could use Timtex too! Please forgive me you guys... I promise to punish myself.
All you need to make one of these little fellas is some chalkboard fabric, which you can find at most craft stores, a couple of coordinating fat quarters, and a bit of batting. I didn't use a pattern, and I know most of you fabulous sewers out there can easily make one of these just by looking at mine. If you are a new sewer and would really like a tutorial for one of these please let me know and I'll do my best to get one going!
Basically, you just cut out your chalkboard fabric to whichever size you'd like, add a small border, make a chalk holder, and then sandwich and bind. Voila! C'est tres simple n'est pas? Sorry, my college francais pops out like that sometimes.... Which has rubbed off on my husband, who has never taken a lick of french, so it always makes me laugh when I ask him a question and he says, "Je ne sais pas!" (I don't know!) or, his favorite, "moi aussi!" (me too!)
My only major tip is this, Do Not let your iron get near the chalk board fabric! It will melt it. So you'll finger press your borders if you know what's good for ya!
Above are the backside views, just stitch the binding down like you would on any quilt.
I just found one of my girls these little wellies! Aren't they adorable? And guess where I found them.... Walmart! I know, shreek...shudder...maybe dry heave a little....but we love them.
Hope some of you have fun making little chalk boards. Merci! x